Unsettled Tottenham star Gareth Bale has failed to report for training for a second day.
Bale, who wants to move to Real Madrid, skipped training yesterday, and he did not turn up at the north London club’s base on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old did not take part in today’s open training session and it is understood he was not on the Enfield complex at all.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to clear up why Bale has been missing on this afternoon at a press conference to preview Tottenham's Europa League play-off against Dinamo Tbilisi.
On Sunday the Portuguese said he expected Bale to report to the club’s training ground in Enfield yesterday, but unlike the rest of his team-mates, the 24-year-old did not show, just like he has not done today.
There is a growing feeling that Bale is becoming annoyed at Tottenham’s conduct in the whole transfer saga and that he is trying to force through a deal to Madrid.
A Spurs source said there was ”no issue” with Bale not turning up on Tuesday, and the club insist that the player remains in touch with Villas-Boas about his training regime.
This contradicted earlier reports that Bale was ”furious and frustrated” with Tottenham’s handling of his proposed world-record transfer to Madrid.
Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chief Gordon Taylor has called on Spurs to allow Bale to leave for the Bernabeu.
“Players have, invariably, just the one career, it’s, usually, a relatively short career, and here a player has such a tempting offer to play for one of the world’s greatest-ever clubs,” Taylor told Zapsportz.com.
“Surely nobody could deny him that right, to play for such a club, with all due respects to his present club.
“The game is all about money. Of course, it always was, but much less of it in the past. Now we are talking about incredible numbers, but for the player it is also an opportunity to play at the pinnacle of the game.”
Even though Bale is officially unavailable for Spurs because of a foot injury, he has been included in the Wales squad for their upcoming games against Macedonia and Serbia.
Tottenham, meanwhile, insist they will not sell Bale to Madrid until they have signed at least one more player to replace him.
Talks in London are ongoing with Roma over the possible transfer of midfielder Erik Lamela, but Villas-Boas’ hopes of being reunited with Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk look set to be dashed after the club’s manager Luciano Spalletti said the Brazilian was not for sale.
Real’s hand has been weakened over the course of the last week thanks to their decision to erect a stage that was reportedly set to be used to unveil Bale yesterday.
It is understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has also not taken kindly to the idea that Real started selling replica shirts with Bale’s name on the back, and their offer to spread the world-record fee for Bale over six years.
Bale spent the weekend in Marbella after Villas-Boas gave him the weekend off, but he was back in London yesterday for a meeting with his agent Jonathan Barnett.